ON-Lion Letter

In August, The Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J., hosted a seminar that examined Muslim perspectives on gender, desire, the nature and significance of marriage, and roles of Muslims today in public moral witness regarding marriage.  Several sessions also explored recent secular research on marriage-related topics.  There was a particular focus on how to approach the topic of marriage in societies, such as those in North America and Europe, where definitions of marriage are hotly contested.

The seminar's speakers included Bradley Prize recipient Robert P. George of Princeton University and its James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions; Sagheer Afzal, author of The Reluctant Mullah; Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation and editor of Witherspoon's online Public Discourse journal, Caitlin Seery of the Love & Fidelity Network, Suzy Ismail of the Center for Muslim Life in New Jersey, and Asma Uddin of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.  The seminar director was Jennifer Bryson of Witherspoon, and the seminar leader was Mahan Zirza of Zaytuna College.

One event during the seminar, a lecture by Anderson, was open to the public.  Anderson spoke on "Marriage and the Common Good:  Why Citizens of All Faiths Should Care About Marriage Policy."  The event was co-sponsored by the Madison Program.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports Witherspoon, the James Madison Program, Heritage, the Love & Fidelity Network, and The Becket Fund.

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